chewy no bake granola bars

Hands down, the most CHEWY and delicious granola bar you’ll ever make which requires NO baking! Vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free, they are perfectly customisable- A great grab and go snack or breakfast! 

Extra Chewy and customisable no bake granola bars which take 5 minutes to whip up- BETTER than store bought! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe}-


Having to be on the go consiistently, I rely on snack bars to keep me going between working/studying/procrastination. Yes. Even procrastination takes a SUBSTANTIAL amount of energy. I decided to try and create a bar which would be full of healthy fats, natural sugars and whole grains.

I chucked a few dry ingredients in a bowl which I had on hand, and tested out a few liquid sweeteners to find one which would bind the bars well. I lucked out and and found a perfect ratio!

Extra Chewy and customisable no bake granola bars which take 5 minutes to whip up- BETTER than store bought! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe}-

These bars being no bake, are so chewy, dense and flavourful. You will not miss the addition of sugar as the raisins, medjool dates  and brown rice syrup provides more enough sweetness and the nuts add the much desired crunch we all love in a bar. The coconut butter was a random (much appreciated) addition.



Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

A delicious, chewy no bake granola bar which is chock full of nuts, dried fruit, oats and very low in sugar- Vegan, gluten free and better than store bought!
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Servings: 6
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


Dry Ingredients

  • 120 grams 1 1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup roasted almonds chopped roughly
  • 2 medjool dates chopped roughly
  • 2 T dried berries of choice
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 1/2 T cinnamon

Wet ingredients


  • In a large mixing bowl, mix up the rolled oats, raisins, almonds, dates and dried berries. Add in the sesame seeds, sea salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a microwave proof bowl, mix the brown rice syrup and coconut oil until well combined. Drop the coconut oil in it and break apart as much as possible.
  • Heat in the microwave until melted (time depending on your microwave- for me it was 1.5 minutes)
  • Remove from microwave and pour the liquid over the dry mixture and ensure it is very well combined
  • Grease a cake tin/baking tray or line with parchment paper. Press the mixture into it and refrigerate immediately. Allow granola bars to set before cutting bars into 6 pieces.


These bars are easy to adapt to your preferences. Don't have almonds? Sub in some other nut. Hate coconut butter? Go slap yourself silly Sub in almond, peanut or another nut/seed butter. Change up the dried fruit or add something else in. Next time I make this, you can bet some chocolate chunks will be added in!
* These bars may be difficult to firm up at times- Try increasing the sticky syrup and/or coconut oil.
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 Extra Chewy and customisable no bake granola bars which take 5 minutes to whip up- BETTER than store bought! {vegan, gluten free, dairy free recipe}-

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71 thoughts on “chewy no bake granola bars

          1. I was just about to ask the same question as trying to get coconut butter in Australia is near impossible. Thanks for the recipe ?

  1. “Hate coconut butter? Go slap yourself silly” <– 😆 !! Love it 😉

    I've definitely had a recent recipe success, and it made me fall in love with no-bake goodies for sure, so these are right up my alley… aka, they look/sound delicious. I love making homemade granola bars because a) I'm allergic to a lot of the ones in the stores, and b) you can customize them to include anything you want.

    1. I had to tell my mum to slap herself silly, she said coconut butter was not palatable.
      You have actually started a no bake trend on the blog world. I hope this inspires you to create more crack inspired goods of perfection!

      I think these ones are peanut free so amanda consumable 😉

  2. Okay I’m not sure I’ve actually made my own granola bars before… I might totally be spacing something out, but I think the closest thing has been no-bake energy bites… don’t hate me. But in attempt to redeem myself, I will try my best to make these sometime! (and maybe use honey for brown rice syrup because I don’t think I can find any around here) I need to make these, I need to make Amanda’s almond fudge… You know, I’m sure chemical reactions of some kind take place when making these (because when is chemistry not involved?! And yes, I know I’m a nerd 😉 ), so if I use organic ingredients, maybe I could make a case for how these count as o-chem homework?!?? 😛

    1. No bake energy bites are a great step 😛 If you use honey, add an extra 1/2 T of oil as the brown rice syrup is more liquid like! and seriously make Amanda’s fudge. I made another batch and 3/4 is gone! O-chem can jump in a (bunsen burner) lake.

  3. oohh these look so yummy!! i eat prepackaged bars more than i care to admit. at least once a day! sometimes its the healthy ones, sometimes, not so healthy. i need this recipe in my life because making my own would really be beneficial both health wise and financially. those little bars add up in more ways that one!

  4. I like both homemade and storebought versions of everything. I guess it just depends on my mood, but there are definitely perks to both. #1 perk to homemade? Getting to taste deliciousness like warm granola bars straight out of the oven 🙂

  5. I’ve actually never made my own granola bars before, but they seem like the simplest things ever to make. Yours sound especially easy and I like that they don’t call for a ton of ingredients. Plus, I also love that you substitute whatever ingredients you have on hand.

  6. These bars look really healthy… & tasty!! Plus, super easy to make – win!! I definitely need to put these on my “to make” list! 🙂

  7. I do love homemade bars over prepackaged ones, even though I do love cashew larabars.
    Your granola bars sound fab – I would have to add a handful of chocolate chips as well. Irecently made some “muesli” bars – that turned out better than I expected 🙂 yay for random combinations!

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  9. is there anything else you can add instead of coconut butter that is something I just don’t have in my cupboard? I was thinking PB?

  10. These are fantastic! Easy & fun to do with my son! We added flax seeds & chia seeds to the mix too. And organic gluten free choc chips. Mind you…I was too late cause I had already dumped the choc chips in the dry mixture….BUT will make sure to put in chips after the microwaved wet mixture next time! Still came out ok…just a bit more chocolatey throughout!?

    1. Wendy! thank you so much for your kind comment! Um… I think that was a delicious mistake…swirls of chocolate throughout? I’m a fan! Flax and chia would have been such a great fiber boosting idea- I’ll try it out tomorrow when I make these! 🙂

  11. Ive looked and looked at the recipe. I just dont know when to add the coconut butter? I made these once before and just added the butter to the brown rice and coconut mix. Still turned out wonderful. Loved the granola bars. Still confused though when to add the coconut butter. Im going to make these again right now. Thanks Cathy

  12. These look delicious….how long will they last? Thinking of making them for Christmas gifts, so don’t want to make them too early.

  13. Do these need to be kept refrigerated? I’m looking for something to pack when I go on trips. With ask my food allergies it’s difficult to eat on the road if I don’t pack food.

  14. I made these and they taste delicious! Any idea on how to make them stick together better though? Because when I cut them up, it loosened all of the packed granola. Thanks!

  15. Gotta make these!!
    Is there something I can substitute the brown rice syrup with? I have agave syrup.. would something like that work? Any suggestions would be great 🙂

    1. Hi Michelle- Absolutely! The only thing with agave or maple or honey, compared with brown rice syrup, is that they aren’t as sticky. To remedy this, you’d likely need to add an extra tablespoon or two of it to form together! 🙂

      1. Thanks for responding!
        Do you think roasted sesame seeds vs. plain sesame seeds would make much of a difference in taste/texture?

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